Use Videos in Online Courses

Introduction videos come in all shapes and sizes. The talking head is the easiest video to pull off, so it generally gets the most air time. However, with a little imagination and creativity, other options are so much more interesting and appealing to the learner. Take a look at this introduction to Art History produced by Mathew Bardwell. He filmed the professor in the ACU learning studio–not in a field with airplanes flying overhead. They had a blast putting this together, and I imagine the learners were very engaged as they viewed their professor dodging bullets and sneaking in and intro to the course outcome. Even if you do not have a learning studio, a little research on the use of green screens could prove helpful when videoing outside the norm and don’t neglect the impact of costuming or setting that draws a picture.



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